The One Thing More DIfficult to Talk About Than Sex: Why Talking About Money in the Clinical Encounter is Both Therapeutic and Supportive

Overview

Most of us feel very uncomfortable at the thought of talking about money with our clients whether it has to do with us stating our fee or raising it, negotiating a lower fee, asking to be paid for a late cancellation, or assessing if the client really stopped being able to afford treatment.

In this workshop, we will explore our inner beliefs about money and clinicians’ ambivalence and inner resistance to receiving money. We will look at how our own unprocessed beliefs and feelings around being paid can hinder our clients’ growth.

Through case examples, we will discuss how things are not always what they seem when it comes to money, and why we need to carefully assess the situation and look for hidden needs and desires in order to help our clients grow.

The workshop will consist of lecture, experiential parts, and discussion.

We will explore and discuss:

  • The impact money has on a therapeutic relationship;
  • Why not talking about money can hinder treatment; 
  • How to discuss a sliding-scale fee in ways that is both therapeutic and most beneficial to treatment
  • How talking about money and cancellation policy is an important part of the assessment.

This training is appropriate for people in private practice and for those interested in exploring one’s resistance to making money.

Program Leader

MartaLudwig

Marta Ludwig LCSW has extensive training in Gestalt and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapies. She is also EMDR trained. She currently has a full-time private practice in Narberth, PA and is on the faculty at GTIP. During the workshop she will draw from theory and her own clinical experience as well as knowledge and wisdom passed onto her from her supervisors and mentors. She continues to be amazed by the human potential for transformation.

CEUs: 5 | $20

Date: Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020

Hours: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location: Via Zoom (limited enrollment)

Tuition: $125; $100 for GTIP Associates, Students

CEUS (5):

This session is co-sponsored by Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research for a maximum of 5 credit hours. Bryn Mawr College GSSWSR, as a CSWE accredited School of Social Work, is a pre-approved provider of continuing education for Social Workers in PA and many other states.

GTIP is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology to offer 5 hours of continuing education for psychologists. GTIP maintains responsibility for the program. The Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology requires Psychology workshop participants to furnish their license number to receive a certificate of attendance.

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